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“Shameless” actor Steve Howey has been cast as a possible love interest for Jess (Zooey Deschanel) on “New Girl.” But can this big, handsome man truly be the love Jess is looking for?

Howey is best known for playing Kevin Ball on Showtime’s “Shameless” and Van Montgomery on “Reba.” He will appear in an upcoming episode as Jax McTavish, a professional football player who comes into the roommates’ lives after Winston (Lamorne Morris) interviews him at work (as first reported by TVLine). Jax, apparently a somewhat intense young man, then comes to the loft where Schmidt (Max Greenfield) and Nick (Jake Johnson) are celebrating 10 years of living together.

It’s at this party that Jess and Jax first meet.

Jax is but one in a long line of suitors who basically exist to keep Jess and Nick apart for just a little longer. When last we saw Miss Day, for example, she was still together with Sam (David Walton). Things may have been getting a little shaky after their absinthe moment, but no breakup has yet occurred.

Looks like that might have to change.

Posted by:Laurel Brown